Artwork, supplies stolen from second art gallery

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

SHALLOTTE—A Main Street art store has been robbed, marking the second time artwork has been stolen from a Brunswick County gallery in as many weeks.

The owner of Calabash Art Gallery, formerly River Bend, at 4806 Main St., reported to Shallotte Police on Feb. 29 that suspects removed a $300 original watercolor, two original art pieces by the same artist worth a total of $200, $150 worth of foam core, three tubes of spacers worth $150 and a $25 box of framing supplies.

According to the responding officer’s report, the victim said the suspect and his friends were in the back of the art gallery and removed the items from the store.

“The victim got some of the items back but was unable to recover the reported items listed as stolen,” the report states.

The case is still under investigation.

The week before, the former manager of a Sea Fine Art Gallery was arrested and charged in connection with a break-in and theft of art from that gallery, which is now closed.

Russell J. Brassard, 72, of 222 Beachwood Drive, Calabash, was charged with felony breaking and entering and larceny on Feb. 19, two days after the building owner reported the break-in. There is no indication the incidents are related.

Brassard has a trial date of March 25, according to the Brunswick County criminal clerk of courts office.

Forrest King, a Calabash commissioner and owner of the building where the gallery was located, said three people broke into the closed gallery on the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 17, and removed all of the artwork that had been stored there.

He said they took items that belonged to other artists.

King said the parties involved were under the mistaken impression he had illegally changed the locks after he was forced to shut the gallery down one week before Christmas.

Shallotte Police officers also investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week.

•Police arrested Frederick Demond Parker, 20, of Little River, S.C., for obtaining property by false pretenses. He turned himself in at the police department.

•Police arrested Stanley Louis Styne, 30, of Owendon Drive, Shallotte, for resisting a public officer after the officer responded to a domestic disturbance call at his residence.

•Police arrested Sarah Elaine Walker, 22, of NE 11th St., Oak Island, for driving while impaired; the officer passed Walker on Main Street going in the opposite direction at Kangaroo. The vehicle was following the car in front of it too closely. The officer turned around and noticed the vehicle was weaving. The officer stopped the vehicle at McDonald’s where the strong odor of alcohol was detected, according to the report.

•Death threat by e-mail at River’s Edge Clubhouse; victim received a death threat by electronic means.

•Stolen purse at a Shallotte laundromat; victim’s purse was stolen while she was in the business. Items in the purse included several credit cards, two phone cards worth $35 total, a Social Security card and a food stamp card.

•Larceny of medicine from Brooks Court; suspect took 28 Vicodin pills worth $120 and 16 Tamiflu pills worth $90 from victim’s kitchen counter.

•Forgery and uttering of a document at Waccamaw Bank; suspect presented two withdrawal slips to obtain $800 and $200 from the bank

•Underage drinking at Brooks Court; police responded to a loud music call and found underage drinking

•Drug overdose at the Scotchman’s at 359 Whiteville Road; victim was found unconscious.

•Obtaining medication by false pretenses at CVS Pharmacy; suspect pretended to be the victim to obtain a prescription for Alporzam worth $50. The victim told police she went to CVS to pick up a prescription and found someone else had already picked it up.